Port of Spain Landmarks

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Port of Spain is not the type of town you can explore fully on foot. You'll really want to have a tour guide or a vehicle to get you around simply because there is just so much to see. This town embodies all things as the seat of government, center of culture, and all around busy port city, so be prepared to spend your time hopping from historic homes to museums and back again.

Museums

National Museum & Art Gallery

In case you enjoy learning about other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation in Port of Spain. Click on the each name to learn complete information.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is National Museum & Art Gallery. It is located in Port of Spain. If you can only visit one museum during your trip to Trinidad and Tobago, make it the National Museum & Art Gallery. Here, you'll get a little bit of everything: history, culture, and art.

Another landmark worth visiting is Central Bank Money Museum. It is located in downtown Port of Spain. Owned and staffed by the Central Bank, this museum will take visitors on a journey across the world and time to see how money, its use, and the way it is made and stored has changed over the years. At this time, the museum is closed for a complete upgrade and renovation, with the expectation that they will reopen in September of 2015.

Angostura Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection: When you visit the House of Angostura you may think you're visiting just for a tour to learn about the history of rum making, but there's an added bonus here: the one-of-a-kind Baracant Butterfly Collection.

The following chart provides more details concerning some museums you might enjoy in and around the area.

Museums In and Around Port of Spain
Name Phone Location
Angostura Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection (868) 623-1841 ext. 255 4.2 mi. East of Central Port of Spain
Central Bank Money Museum (868) 625-2601 ext. 2151 Downtown Port of Spain
Chaguaramas Military History & Aerospace Museum (868) 634-4391 5.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Port of Spain
National Museum & Art Gallery (868) 623-5941 0.7 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain

Historical Sites

Stollmeyer's Castle

If you like to experience the historical roots of a foreign place, you might want to visit a few of these historical sites while vacationing in Port of Spain.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is President's House. It is found within Port of Spain. Much like the White House in the United States, the President's House is the official residence of the president of Trinidad and Tobago. Originally built in 1876, the house has served as a governor's residence, a museum and art gallery, the governor's residence once again, and finally the president's quarters.

Another landmark worth visiting is Fort George. It is located in northern Port of Spain. Managed by the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago, this is a protected historical location. It contains cannons, a signal station, and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy the sweeping view.

Fort Picton: Visitors to the site will be able to explore all that is left of Fort Picton. In addition to the stone walls and many rooms, the fort includes some impressive views of the city.

Take some time to look through the table below to find out more about historic sites in the area.

Historic Sites In Port of Spain
Name Phone Location
Fort George (868) 639-3970 2.1 mi. North of Central Port of Spain
Fort Picton -- 1.0 mi. East of Downtown Port of Spain
Hayes Court -- Downtown Port of Spain
President's House (868) 624-1261 1.6 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain
Stollmeyer's Castle -- 1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain

Needless to say, you'll find plenty of other types of attractions. You can go to this article regarding even more attractions if you'd like to discover some more specifics.

 

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